A Message from Our Conductor
This season, we present some of the greatest vocal and symphonic music ever written. Few have combined these elements better than Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss, two of my favorite composers. For the German Requiem, we will combine forces with four of Calgary’s best choirs and two soloists from Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program to deliver Brahms’ message of hope and comfort. I last conducted this work some 25 years ago but vividly remember how enjoyable and rewarding the preparation and performance were and I’m very excited to bring it to our Calgary audience.
The season’s last concert is devoted to the music of Richard Strauss and features soprano Allison Cecilia Arends in a return engagement. You may remember her from our performances with the Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program and our hugely successful Carmina Burana of two seasons ago. Four Last Songs is arguably the greatest song cycle ever written and never fails to move me. Der Rosenkavalier Suite closes the concert and season with brilliance, charm and fun.
We continue to make new friends—the University of Calgary Chamber Choir and the Westwinds Choral Ensemble join us for the Calgary premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis. Breakfast Television’s Tara Slone brings her vocal talents to a program of music from the James Bond films.
Join us for a season which will move, uplift and entertain you!!
Music Director and Conductor
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